The German Living History Festival features over 70 activities and exhibits document and celebrating the history and culture of German-Americans who settled in the Marthasville area.
Traveling to Marthasville, MO this October will give people a chance to travel back in time as well, as the 36th annual German Living History Festival, Deutsch Country Days takes place at the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
The festival takes place on October 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and features over 70 artisans in traditional period costumes. The crafters will be “demonstrating early 1700-1850’s German Missouri folkways and life skills,” according to a letter from Deutsch Country Days. Visitors will be able to tour an 1840’s pioneer log cabin as well as 35 reconstructed Missouri log cabins made from authentic materials.
While strolling through the Eric Sloane Covered Bridge, visitors can enjoy candle-dipping, soap-making, weaving, woodworking, steam sawmill and sorghum pressing. Tradition Deutschland lunches will be available for admirers of authentic, home-cooked food.
Deustch Country Days was born out of an effort to save 19th century log and period structures by being forgotten, and maintain an appreciation for the lifestyle associated with the time period, according the organization’s website. The family at Luxenhaus Farm says it has “a stubborn German heritage,” and are determined to maintain a link with their German-American roots. At the farm, the family has not only kept these buildings in a manageable condition, but continues to share the skills performed by their ancestors. The name Luxenhaus, according to the family, comes from a local Marthasville resident in 1978 who still spoke her native Deutsch language. The translates to “Log House Farm.”
Activities and displays for the 2017 Deutsch Country Days German Living History Festival include:
Home cooked apple butter churning
Goat Milk Lye Soap Making
A Civil War Display
Log Cabin Woodcrafting
Jewelry Wire Artistry
Flute-making by hand
…and many more.
In addition to the German-American heritage displays, Deustch Country Days has several exhibits to honor Native American Culture, such as Native American ornaments and gourd pottery. In 2011, The Osage Trail was dedicated to Osage tribe who settled in the area around 1700. Volunteers reconstructed traditional housing. Visitors can see these Native American exhibits to see an accurate representation of the first people to live in the area.
If you go:
The grounds are listed as only partially handicap accessible.
Pets are always welcome, as long as they are kept on a leash and are cleaned up after by their owners.
Tickets for the festival are tax deductible, as Luxenhaus Farms is considered a 501(c)3 Public Foundation. Admission is $18.50 for adults, $16.50 for military and seniors, and $8.50 for children ages 5-15. Children four and under receive free admision. Tickets order before October 1 can be received at a discount and can be purchased through their website, deustchcountrydays.org.
Visitors have the opportunity to stay in several local Bed and Breakfasts located in Marthasville, such as the Heaven on Earth Bed & Breakfast, Little House and Concord Hill Bed and Breakfast.